The UWC Mahindra College, Pune, celebrated its 15th anniversary on its Mulshi campus on November 24 and 25, renewing its commitment to the environment and the local community surrounding the campus.
It was also an occasion for the college to felicitate its staff and faculty members for their valuable contribution towards the success of the college over the 15 years. Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director, Mahindra Group and Pelham Roberts, principal, UWC Mahindra College, were also present on the occasion.
“Our community engagement programme has resulted in a positive impact on the residents living in the villages surrounding the campus. They joined hands with our college to enable us to grow together,” informed Roberts.
UWC Mahindra College has an international body of 240 students from 60 countries living and learning together in rural India.
“There is a keen focus on all-round development and students are encouraged to think innovatively by involving themselves in socially and environmentally relevant issues. The students also contribute to the local neighbourhood through community service programmes,” said Roberts.
UWC Mahindra College, part of the UWC (formerly United World College) movement, was founded by late Harish Mahindra in 1997. It is situated in the Sayadhri hills at Khubavalli village, 40 km away from Pune city, and is part of UWC’s global movement of schools, colleges and programmes, currently patronised by Queen Noor of Jordan.
Previous patrons include Prince Charles of the United Kingdom and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. In 2012, the UWC movement is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a global series of events, initiatives and programmes designed to bring the UWC mission alive through ‘celebrating with action’.
The events commenced with a visit by UWC president, Queen Noor of Jordan, to the first UWC college, UWC Atlantic College in Wales.